Arrow Will Face This Big Villain Again In Season 3

Thanks to some incredible writing in Season 3 and a pretty sweet crossover, there is a lot going on in Arrow right now. The show won’t be losing any momentum in the coming weeks, either. On Wednesday, we learned that a major villain will be returning to the series in the future. That villain is none other than Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, played by Manu Bennett.

It’s hard to tell how or why Deathstroke will become a player in Arrow’s plot later this season, but we do have some details on when Deathstroke will return to the show. According to MTV, the character is set to appear in Episode 14. Unfortunately, following tonight’s Arrow and The Flash crossover episode, there will be only one more hour-long episode (Episode 10) of the hit CW series before the show takes a winter break.

Which means Deathstroke won’t return in time for Christmas. It’s a shame, because that would’ve been a damn fine gift for fans. Still while we won’t see the character until Episode 14, his return to Arrow isn’t particularly surprising. When we last saw the character at the end of Season 2, he was being put up in a supermax prison on the island known as Purgatory (Lian Yu). The villain promised he would eventually escape and would return to harm those Arrow cares for, leaving his storyline open for a comeback.

While I suppose he could come back in the form of flashbacks, that would be a heck of a lot less fun than an actual return, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have more details.

The good news is we do know quite a bit about where Arrow is going in the next couple of weeks, as well as once the vigilante superhero and his team pop back up on the small screen in 2014. This evening’s crossover episode, “The Brave and the Bold” will bring Barry Allen and his team to Starling City where they will look into murders committed by a mysterious boomerang killer. Recently, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg also revealed that the episodes following the crossover—specifically Episodes 10, 11 and 12—will all be Laurel-centric and will follow the young woman’s training to become Black Canary. Shortly thereafter, Manu Bennett is set to return.

It’s almost exhausting to think about all of that stuff happening in a few short episodes, so in some ways I guess it’s nice that will get a little break from the go-go-go nature of Arrow. In the meantime, don’t forget to tune in for Arrow’s crossover with The Flash tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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